Written by: Marta Schantz
Waypoint has been attending the Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Better Buildings Summit since its inception, and this Summit was one to top them all. Director Emily Pearce and Associate Marta Schantz spent the better half of last week in Washington, D.C. discussing energy efficiency with commercial building movers and shakers from across the country.
The Better Buildings Summit is a national meeting where leading organizations across key building sectors showcase solutions to cut energy intensity in their buildings portfolio-wide by 20% over the next ten years. The Summit is designed for partners and stakeholders to exchange best practices and highlight demonstrated market solutions with an equal emphasis on discussing future opportunities for greater energy efficiency in America’s homes and buildings. The Summit is an opportunity for Waypoint to both share its insights on commercial building energy efficiency and learn from other experts about new developments in the efficiency space.
A few of our favorite sessions included “Invest to Impress! Energy Efficiency Considerations for Investment Owners” with Brenna Walraven speaking to the value of sustainability, and “Are You Forgetting About Your Rooftop Units? Efficiency for Packaged HVAC” moderated by Marta Schantz with panelists from Starbucks and Walmart sharing their organizations’ RTU best practices to a crowded room.
And if you attended the Summit, you may have noticed Waypoint’s very own Marta Schantz front and center in the “Meet the Commercial Experts” section of the program. Waypoint supports the DOE on a number of topics, most recently covering Rooftop Unit (RTU) efficiency and Plug Load efficiency in commercial buildings. The conference is a great opportunity for attendees to ask an expert about different building systems and efficiency opportunities throughout the event.
U.S. Secretary of Energy, Ernie Moniz, presented during a breakfast plenary and spoke to the importance of the Better Buildings Initiative, and the impressive energy saving impacts that its members have been made to date. Waypoint has been involved with Better Buildings since it launched in 2011 and we, like Secretary Moniz, are also impressed and proud of the 200+ organizations that continue to commit to energy efficiency in partnership with DOE.
Congratulations to the DOE on another successful Summit, and cheers to next years’ being even better!